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, and it may also be irreversible. for religion & ethics newsweekly, i'm tim o'brien in washington. >>> for more on religious groups and same-sex marriage, i am joined by kim lawton, managing editor of this program. kim, this is a tremendously powerful and divisive issue for religious groups isn't it? >> it is and these cases are going to be really,eally important for these religious groups. they're going to be very involved on both sides of the issue. some of the strongest opposition to gay marriage at the legislative level, at the court level, has come from religious groups, especially evangelical groups, roman catholics. the roman catholic bishops have been speaking out in favor of traditional marriage. so i expect there's going to be a robust amount of activity not only in terms of these religious groups writing friend of the court briefs and telling the high court what they think about the issue, but also at the grass roots. i've already been getting emails about prayer campaigns that are being organized. for example the bishops after christmas are doing a prayer campaign to s
at georgetown university and columnist for "the washington post." welcome to you all. kim has put together a short video reminder of what happened in 2012. >> a wave of mass shootings renewed age-old theological discussions about evil, suffering and tragedy. especially after the massacre at the connecticut elementary school, many religious leaders repeated calls for stricter gun control measures. some called it a pro-life issue. one of the mass shootings took place in a house of worship. in august, six people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a sikh temple in oak creek, wisconsin. once again, religion played an important role in the presidential election. for the first time ever, there were no white protestants on either ticket. although there wasn't a lot of god talk from president obama or mitt romney, grassroots religious groups were active on both sides. evangelical voters were divided during the primary season, but in the end, they rallied around romney, despite some concerns about voting for a mormon candidate. still, their support didn't put him over the top. obama narrowly w
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